April 20, 2007

(No) Schadenfreude (This) Friday: In Memoriam

It's hard to imagine what possesses someone to take 32 lives. As the facts are pushed out into the open, details revealed, it's obvious that the mind which planned this tragedy wasn't a normal one. A loner with an arsenal. A familiar refrain. No solutions. This is terrorism. Let's work on fixing this before we march halfway around the world to solve (or create) the problems of others.


Posted by Chris at April 20, 2007 9:03 AM

I agree.

Posted by: Heather at April 20, 2007 10:36 AM

I agree too. Without assigning blame or turning this into a rant, I will say that in almost every one of the school shootings over the years, the signs and warnings were there.

Thanks for writing this and have a good weekend.

Posted by: ann adams at April 20, 2007 11:01 AM

Well stated.

Posted by: Alissa at April 20, 2007 11:09 AM

Very well stated. Thank you for this. Have a great weekend. I have my orange & burgundy on today.

Posted by: Krush at April 20, 2007 11:19 AM

thanks rude cactus. have a great weekend

Posted by: mox at April 20, 2007 11:28 AM

thanks for the lovely post.

Posted by: Isabel at April 20, 2007 12:21 PM

Well said.

Posted by: cassie-b at April 20, 2007 12:25 PM

You read my mind.

Thank you.

Posted by: MammaLoves at April 20, 2007 12:29 PM

Yes, yes.

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Posted by: Heather at April 20, 2007 1:26 PM


We need to respect the people who are in mourning and healing, and we need to stop glamorizing/fetishizing violence. We need to put the media in their place (which is not at a candlelight vigil) and insist on real news coverage not sensationalism. I've already written letters to the major media outlets. Their "reporting" has been obscene.

I've been debating a post on this all week. I like yours. I am going to leave it at that.

Posted by: Trix at April 20, 2007 1:35 PM


Posted by: erin at April 20, 2007 1:45 PM

Ditto! Hope you have a great weekend :)

Posted by: Mary at April 20, 2007 1:48 PM

Short and to the point. Nicely stated.

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Posted by: Nanette at April 20, 2007 6:00 PM

A-men, brother.

Maybe if we all turn off our TVs, and stop watching the insanity they call 'coverage', they'll pack up and leave that campus to grieve and heal in private. The people of Virginia Tech have dealt with this with extraordinary grace.

Posted by: Sam at April 20, 2007 6:11 PM

Amen to that!

Posted by: Toni-Marie at April 20, 2007 9:12 PM

God bless the Hokies!

Posted by: coolchick at April 20, 2007 10:26 PM

Right on!

Posted by: chris at April 21, 2007 2:01 AM

I wholeheartedly agree.
I've seen so many arguments in the past week about gun control, about whose fault this is, about so many issues it's not even funny.

I really feel it comes down to one thing. This was an individual with a serious mental illness and there were so many individuals and systems in our country that failed him along the way. The signs were clearly there from his early childhood. Don't get me wrong. I do not it any way make allowances at all for what he did, but I also don't make allowances for a lot of other things. The fact that so many ignored the signs. The fact that many of those who tried to do something were ignored. The fact that this University knew about these issues and still had this young man living on campus in a building and room with others. The fact that when he was turned in and the court system in this country ordered that he was a potential threat to himself and others and forced him to seek counceling that he wasn't made to stay in a facility somewhere and that even with all of this information, with this background he was able to walk into a gun store and buy a gun in 10 minutes time and use that gun to kill 32 people. It's sickening and disheartening.

And now just as it is with anyone who loses someone to a mental illness all of these individuals have to live with this. Only they have to live with so much more. His family, his roomates, all of those who knew that something was wrong. They all have to live knowing that maybe there was something more they could have done.

Yeah... I think we have a helluva lot to work on here in the US...

Posted by: Rachel at April 21, 2007 11:25 AM

Amen, Chris....

Posted by: Haley-O at April 23, 2007 10:20 AM